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10 Reasons Why Women are Extraordinary

Article by Dr Lynda Shaw

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  1. Compassionate Women

Whilst there is no direct evidence to suggest that one gender experiences compassion more than the other, women naturally enjoy higher levels of ‘oxytocin’, which allows them to express compassion through bonding, nurturing and an ability to empathise with others.


  1. Better Memory

The hippocampus area of a woman’s brain is known to be more active than men.  Professor Stephen Lawrie, researcher from Edinburgh University led a study that revealed that women are on the whole quicker at recalling faces, events, names and objects.


  1. Language

Women find it easier to acclimatise to sounds and words, with greater activity showing in areas of the brain responsible for language encoding.  Unlike men who need sensory support to process the information, women respond better to audio stimulation and are four times more likely to converse with native speakers to improve their proficiency.


  1. Thinking Without Thinking

The power of intuition shouldn’t be underestimated or perceived as a spoof.  Theories have suggested that women possess a heightened sense that can read a person’s emotion through facial expression and body language and notice subtle changes much more so than men.


  1. Efficient Thinkers

Following a study by universities in Los Angeles and Madrid, research have shown that a woman’s brain functions more effectively using up less energy and achieve equal or better results compared to men.  On average the female brain is smaller than the male brain, but neurons are more tightly packed in a female brain, so in this instance size doesn’t matter.


  1. Natural Givers

Women look beyond themselves and are amenably open to show encouragement, generosity and grace to help make a positive change in the lives of others.


  1. Juggling Act

It’s no secret that women thrive at multi-tasking more than men and it is thought that this is due to better communication between the two hemispheres in the female brain.  Women are more adaptable and have the ability to switch from one task to another, such as juggle work commitments, raising children and looking after the home without much fuss.


  1. Money Matters

For years, women have been perceived as the big money spenders, splashing out on new clothes and maxing out the credit cards.  Following a survey of 3,000 Britons by Lovemoney.com they found that women are much more attuned to financial downfalls and are better at budgeting than men and less likely to build up debt.


  1. Coping With Stress

In a US study, research have found that women are naturally more resilient when coping with stressful situations compared to men, due to the hormone oestrogen that acts as a defence mechanism.  As women are more in touch with their emotion, they are able to openly express and verbalise a problem and engage with their comprehensive thinking to create a solution.


  1. Two Hands Are Better Than One

Unlike men who prefer to rely on themselves to get a job done, women are not phased or ashamed to ask for help.  Utilising the advice or opinion from other similar minded women will only help to strengthen and support your self-confidence.


Dr Lynda Shaw

Dr Lynda Shaw has lectured in Psychology and Neuroscience at Brunel University and conducted research on brain function and impairment, specialising in consciousness, emotion and the effects of ageing

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